Saturday, June 27, 2009

Six Word Saturday - Family Reunion


The Parham family reunion is being held July 31-August 2 this year, at the Summit Inn in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. I've volunteered for the task of organizing/prepping the Saturday night dinner and providing desserts for both nights. Since the functions will all be held outdoors, anything I serve needs to be either made ahead of time, "no cook", or grillable. Did I mention it's a four hour drive to the reunion site? Hmmm..... The good news is that I booked the last available cabin, so I have a tiny kitchen with a stove, oven, and refigerator. This makes planning a little easier!

Last reunion, I set up "Fajita Night": Dave cooked the fajitas on the grill, and everyone dressed up their fajitas with the condiments of their choice. We also served guacamole and chips, pico de gallo, beans, and Sangria. I made enough cakemix cookies so there were leftovers for all the children to take home.

This year, I think I'm leaning toward "shish-kabobs". I think it would be easy enough to prep the veggies ahead of time, and I think I'll cube the meat and freeze it in marinade so I can simply thaw it in the cabin fridge and it will be good to go. We'll set up all the fixins' and people can create their own skewers on site. I think maybe a green salad and garlic breadsticks (cooked on the grill) should be enough to complete the meal.

In keeping with the "create your own" theme, I'm considering making cupcakes and setting up a decorating station with frosting, sprinkles, fruit, etc. so people can reate their own yummy masterpieces. We'll award prizes for the "most creative", "prettiest", and "funniest" cupcakes. Does this seem like fun or a disaster waiting to happen? Either way, it will probably provide some great photo opportunities!

Does anyone have any ideas for Friday night dessert? Dinner is just hotdogs and burgers, so dessert doesn't need to be fancy. I'd love to hear what you'd bring to an outdoor family reunion.

Of course, I'll be posting all my recipes and pictures as the reunion date approaches.

Hugs and blessings~


  1. make it 36..I am coming :-)
    Good one!!

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  2. Lani~ We'd absolutely welcome you with open arms... And send you home with a full tummy!

  3. I want to come to your reunion!
    I think the cupcake bar sounds wonderful. I guess I'm thinking corn because I would grill corn on the cob still in the husks and how about making a big batch of carmel corn ahead of time to have with your hotdogs and chips.
    I think I'm just hungry right now!

  4. Goodness, people! My original title had a typo in "Campground", yet nobody mentioned it :-) I'm very embarrassed (I'm an educator who should know better!) and apologize to all who might have seen this silly and careless error! Okay, I'm also a bit anal about spelling and grammar. I just can't help it!

    Much love~

  5. I love the idea of the cupcake decorating and contest. Except I'm not sure I have the restraint to wait for judging. I'm more of a decorate now, eat ASAP kinda girl.

    Thanks for playing!


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